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Rainbow banners werejtN8sthY2Yuhl1f5+rhPXlmpRfYYUx8y3KOq4zWTZC^_YQnFUG hung on Taiwan’s streets and at Taoyuan airport this weekend to welcome visitors to this 17th annual Taiwan Pride, set to kick off next weekend.

Th%X!)gCeDmJ)iIWd-U6iA8bPjXGcY(@iL6$acYvOK7m0OxO%B5fe additions came after Taiwan last month painted a rainbow crossing in Ximen, close to the city’s gayborhood.

Taiwan LGBT Pride shared on Facebook on Monday (14 October) photos of banners saying “Welcome to Taiwan Pride” and “Let’s Celebrate Love with Love” at the country’s largest airport, Taiyuan.

Other photos showed banners on the streets of dowy1h)1upRV#1K_t-MYuy1%3Avw154W0KTTGjXi6hxG%**g*[email protected]ntown Taipei.

Organizers of the 17th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pride parade scheduled6)=eG_+TXjnSs#FoKGE(Yi%[email protected]&xrfKJ-47bEE5gB1r)n0 to take place on 26 October.

For the first time, the parade wilDZx1DJYhG3fC5g+An^ifll%@[email protected]@1l start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel across the city to the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard.

A newly-installed rainbow crossing has proved popular with Taipei citiz@[email protected]*Ug=01=5LC*[email protected]@Vhpu=Nt9xn+mens, with people sharing photos and selfies of the crossing on social media.

Pride

The pride will be held jHT1gq-JRhN6vSp3(4YNJA=bqkSzZXvztkALFf)un(qg!kKtWJkust five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay singer-songw[email protected]%=O1Lc9BRFYBC#P%31X7(D(Q2fe+WQ=(rel#asV+nQHWriter HUSH will be an ambassador for the landmark event.

As one of only a h[email protected]$7EMan9ORArandful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first 9lx^zmJ)nWDTZnw*&4(M)N4Wv0goI%TxoD4-1^7zD9lAU!p!njcountry in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade will then turn south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow o6J5)1m-sn1wE^&t=0cZjE+gdUqfi#9_aV_H!ZtYv(EP6RQs31Market with more than 100 stalls.

HUSH will also perform at Ketagalan Boulevard.

Press officer for Pride 2019,eNF$1T^pdMf1LxeNGpBn$3([email protected]&AlkAUa2P3U_Y Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Ri1LDpzZKMvCZjF#HHKqQsn1cF4R2&!tHo&MLNB3=*wN-X2rNf#^ghts Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan BetUu*oYk)J9=XeVLLj)3ml(pc=)ZgBVjsmNhQ**h^C89Kd6zOdybter”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support on[email protected]!%hcM-4b0$*QH+uvM3ql_cBAoXW^u2gPZ1f6pY&cQle another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride )Zb+o*IM&d+fTVBH*Gu!C2RCY8+(_*!9)e9_67mx([email protected]$uaEparade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month befzjbHA_)RhMC=88kR%[email protected]^Lxuore devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in M[email protected]_s*tQN)8f^c2ZzXZzmXTXfKAyEg!Sngay finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice andzMsfcTQrs0nkCKbU3V2R(bl-xKkh-Zg&&ZGQbHK(wOKm5S=yPd stereotyping of LGBT people.

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